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  • U.S. demand for advanced flat glass products is projected to increase 9.1 percent annually from a weak 2009 base to 745 million square feet in 2014, valued at $7 billion, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group Inc . This growth represents a significant improvement over the 2004-2009 period, when advanced flat glass consumption suffered from the combination of a weak economy, crisis... more »
  • The Window & Door Dealers Alliance and Window & Door Manufacturers Association have each issued guidance on the new 2011 tax credits for energy efficient windows, doors and skylights enacted as part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Signed into law December 17, 2010, the legislation establishes a $200 maximum tax credit for... more »
  • Targeting builders, remodelers, contractors and architects, Pella Corp. is once again hosting a series of half-day trade events around the country designed to to provide updates on new building practices, products and services.  With a theme of "Go for It!," events will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at stadium arenas in major markets across the U.S. and Canada from January... more »
  • The Riverside Co., a Cleveland-based private equity group, has acquired a stake in replacement window maker Sunrise Windows from FdG  Associates. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Sunrise has grown its sales every year since 1995 and has weathered the housing crisis because it is focused on the replacement market. They are a very strong company with great products,... more »
  • After closing its doors last week, Windowizards Inc., a Pennsylvania window dealer, resumed operations Monday.  A statement from Harvey Goodman posted on the company Web site attributed the problems to lack of product from a supplier, although the supplier was not identified. "As chairman of a family-owned company in operation for more than 50 years, I want to reassure our customers,... more »
  • Like the Senate on Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last night extending the Bush tax cuts for another two years. Expected to be signed by President Obama today, the final bill features a tax credit of up to $200 for Energy Star-qualified windows and skylights and up to  $500 for Energy Star-qualified doors for 2011. "WDMA members and staff worked with... more »
  • Dove Vinyl Windows is expanding with plans to invest $2 million to open a new manufacturing operation in Pulaski County, Va. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based manufacturer plans to create 100 new jobs at the 75,000-square-foot facility. "The new plant is an important aspect to our current company objectives of strategically servicing our customers in existing markets and long-term goals as a... more »
  • After acquiring the assets of Lifetime Doors in October, Masonite International is now planning to close five of its six plants around the country, according to an article in the News-Gazette of Champaign, Ill.  Masonite is closing Lifetime's interior door manufacturing facilities in Watseka, Ill.; Easton, Pa.; Hearne, Texas; Los Banos, Calif., and Sacramento, Calif.  It will continue... more »
  • Compromise tax legislation extending the Bush tax cuts released last week includes a significantly reduced tax credit for windows, doors and skylights for 2011, according to the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The draft of the bill the Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday calls for a 10 percent tax credit of up to $200 for Energy Star-qualified windows and skylights and a 10... more »
  • Moving to consolidate production capacity to match market demand, Schield Family Brands plans to move certain assembly lines from its plant in Park Falls, Wis., to its facility in Mosinee, Wis., the company reports. The 400,000-square-foot plant in Park Falls has been predominantly focused on Weather Shield, Peachtree and Visions brand patio and entry doors and employs 158 workers. Under the... more »